The first half went about as well as could be expected for the New York Giants.
The first quarter of the game was consumed by just a pair of drives, as the Dallas Cowboys had their opening drive extended on a fluky play where a tipped pass was still caught for a first down. After that, the Giants buckled down for a goal line stand and held the Cowboys to 3 points.
Eli Manning jogged out on to the field to a thunderous ovation, and meticulously drove down the field until a holding penalty convinced them to settle for a field goal of their own.
The two offenses traded short drives, before the Giants drove most of the length of the field for a touchdown on their third possession to go up 10-3.
The Giants’ defense almost immediately gave the points back when Brandon Dixon whiffed on an open-field tackle attempt on Dez Bryant, leading to a 50-yard touchdown. Dixon had played well, often matched up 1-on-1 with Bryant, but missed the tackle attempting to play the ball.
The Giants got the ball back, but their attempt to drive the field in the two-minute drill fizzled on a miscommunication between Eli Manning and Darius Powe.
The Giants will get the ball to start the second half.
Use this as your second-half open thread.